State regulations on access to primary care providers and rural health care clinics are limited, according to the study. (Image: Chris Nicholls)

There is a “dramatic” variation in how states set standards for access to primary and specialty care providers under government-funded health programs, a new study has found.

The analysis was published by researchers at Georgetown’s Center for Health Insurance Reforms and the Center for Children and Families, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). It said that both where a person lives and what plan they qualify for can have an impact on the access they have to providers and clinics.

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